Tamarisk Grove Campground

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park



wildflowers

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Attractions and Activities

With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. Campers at Tamarisk Grove Campground are well-located to reach out to all the attractions in the park.

  • Tour the wonderful Visitor Center and find books, brochures, maps, and exhibits.
  • Head over to Borrego Palm Canyon and walk the nature trail to a grove of native California fan palms.
  • Explore fascinating Coyote Canyon with a year-round stream and lush plant life. Nice hiking trails lead through the area.
  • Stop at Font's Point with its magnificent view of the Borrego Valley and Badlands.
  • Investigate Split Mountain for its geologic wonders.
  • At Mountain Palm Springs find a grove of fan palms in the Tierra Blanca Mountains.
  • Visit the Borrego Valley.
  • The park offers interpretive activities and events along with walks and talks.

Key Tamarisk Grove Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only allowed in established fire rings or camp stoves.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.
  3. Dogs much be on leash and attended at all times. Dogs and cats must be in a tent or vehicle at night. Dogs are not allowed cross-country or on hiking trails.

Tamarisk Grove Campground

Tamarisk Grove Campground is located in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park just off Highway 78 and south of Borrego Springs. Many campers choose to visit in the spring when the wildflowers are at their best. Note that drinkable water is "available for purchase". Water from the taps is not potable. During periods of drought, water availability in the campground may be limited.

Reservations at Tamarisk Grove Campground are not site-specific. Sites are assigned as campers arrive. The campground includes 11 rustic cabins.

Tamarisk Grove Campground Basics
Tamarisk Grove Campground Location: Off Highway 78, south of Borrego Springs in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Elevation: 600 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: from San Diego - 85 miles, 1:54
Number of Sites: 27 (includes 11 cabins)
Open - Closed: Closed June 1 through September 30
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 covered by campground fee, additional fee for extra vehicles
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground and Park Information: (760)767-5311

Reservations for Tamarisk Grove Campground
Reservations highly recommended: October 1 - April 30, otherwise first come, first served when open
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 21 feet
Accessible Sites: #17, 20 (cabin), 27 (cabin)
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Tamarisk Grove Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Fees: $25 for standard sites ($20 in non-peak times)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Tamarisk Grove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, shade ramada, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, non-potable water, campfire circle
Showers: Yes, purchase tokens at campground entrance
Dump station: no
Campground map: Tamarisk Grove Campground Map
(PDF download)
Nearby facilities: Borrego Springs with gas, lodging, restaurants, medical aid,
Attractions near Tamarisk Grove Campground: Hike several local trails such as the Cactus Loop Trail, Yaqui Well Trail, and Narrows Earth Trail. Visit the ancient Kumeyaay Village Site.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

General Camping Information for
Anza-Borrego State Park

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Temperatures can reach 80-100 degrees in the spring. Visitors are advised to carry water and wear sun protective hats. Be aware of possible flash floods during storms. Check with the park for road conditions. Always notify someone of your plans, including when you plan to return.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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